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Fundraiser: Author Talk with Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Jack E. Davis

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Cortez, FL 34215

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Fishing For Our Future Fundraiser: Author Talk with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Jack E. Davis, benefiting the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum, held at Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez, FL 34215, 6 PM – 8:30 PM.

ALL PROFITS from this fundraiser, up to $34,000, will be matched by a grant from the Manatee County Tourist Development Council. **



EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Join Jack E. Davis for his lively long historical view of the Gulf of Mexico, drawn from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, in his talk The U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope. Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia. Davis starts from the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, and takes his audience on a compelling journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, profoundly beautiful and life-giving. At the center of his talk is the way people, from pre-Spanish natives to present-day coastal residents, have organized their societies and individual lives around nature, and how Gulf nature has been a positive force in human events.

All tickets include dinner and dessert*, author talk, book signing, and exclusive access to a silent auction. Doors will open at 5:45 PM.

*Cash bar will also be available.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jack E. Davis is a professor of history specializing in environmental history and sustainability studies and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. Before joining the faculty at UF in 2003, he taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Eckerd College, and in 2002 was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Jordan in Amman. Upon joining the faculty at UF, he founded the department’s student journal, Alpata: A Journal of History. His Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930 won the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history published in 2001. His next book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), received a gold medal from the Florida Book Awards. In 2014, he was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, where he worked on his latest book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. The New York Times Book Review called his book a “beautiful homage to a neglected sea.” The Gulf was a New York Times Notable Book for 2017 and made several other “best of” lists for the year, including those of the Washington Post, NPR, Forbes, and the Tampa Bay Times. The Gulf was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and winner of the Kirkus Prize for nonfiction. With his former student Leslie Poole (UF PhD 2012), he is currently editing a new edition of Wild Heart of Florida, a collection of personal essays and poems about natural Florida. In January 2018, he signed a contract with the publisher of The Gulf, Liveright/W.W. Norton, to write a new book, employing the working title “Bird of Paradox: How the Bald Eagle Saved the Soul of America.”

Jack is now writing a book on the cultural and natural history of the bald eagle. He divides the seasons between two “villes”: Gainesville, Florida, and Harrisville, New Hampshire.



DIRECTIONS:

Directions to Seafood Shack:
From I-75 South: Take exit 217B onto State Road 70 (53rd Street W) and follow it to a roundabout, take the slight right onto 75th Street W. Make a left at the stop light on to Cortez Road W. Follow Cortez Road W all the way until just before the bridge, and make a right onto 127th Street W. Seafood Shack will be on your left, just over a small bridge.

From I-75 North/Tampa: Get onto FL618 Toll/Selmon Expressway. Follow Toll/E Selmon Expressway and I-75 S to US-41 S/S Tamiami Trail in Manatee County. Take Exit 2 from I-275 S. Continue on US-41 S/S Tamiami Trail. Take US-41 BUS S, and then turn right onto FL-64 W/Manatee Ave W, and then turn left on to 75th Street W. Make a right on to Cortez Rd W, and then a right on to 127th St W in Cortez




ABOUT THE FLORIDA MARITIME MUSEUM:

The Florida Maritime Museum collects, preserves and shares traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida's fishing and maritime heritage.

The Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum support the museum's mission through accesible educational programming such as a free lecture series and The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum as well as assists with capital improvement throughout the museum grounds. Their most recent capital improvement was the renovation of the interior of the historic 1890's Burton Store, which is now home to folk school classes.

Visit www.FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org to learn more.




**MANATEE COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (TDC) MATCHING GRANT PROJECTS:

The TDC generously awarded the Florida Maritime Museum a matching capital improvement grant in the amount of $180,548. The majority of the funds have been used in the renovation of the historic 1890’s Burton Store which officially opened as The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum in June of 2018.

The remaining $34,290 can be used towards the following capital improvement projects:

  • Restore and expand the Chickee Hut located at the back of the museum property.

  • Small Ranchos to accommodate an interactive learning area and further expand upon the story of the Cuban Ranchos that settled the Gulf Coast.

  • Mosaic to enhance the Butterfly Garden

  • Concrete Pathways to replace shell pathways around the museum for better accessibility.

  • LED lights added to the museum property, new structures as well as signs and grounds to provide better visibility during evening events.

All profits raised from the Fishing for our Future Fundraiser will be used towards this match.


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